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Veggie Freshingtin has released his epic Afrobeat hip hop single, So Smooth.

‘So Smooth’ is the latest unforgettably authentic single from up and coming hip hop artist Veggie Freshingtin. Fans of Akon, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Ne-Yo will appreciate the fiery symphonic production and high energy rapid-fire rap bars that pull you deeper into the massive production.

There may not be the greatest synergy between the beats and the vocals, but Veggie Freshingtin’s true to voice vocals still carry plenty of command in the eccentric but infectious all the same single.

So Smooth was officially released on September 12th; it is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Papa Aashi – She Hates Geminis: Cosmically Dark Trap

While some hip hop artists struggle to break the mould, Papa Aashi obliterated it with his latest single, She Hates Geminis. The old school rhythm and blues guitars, hazy reverb, tape deck echo and trippy progressions fuse together to justify the expression ‘it is a vibe’.

After becoming a DJ under the influence of Avicii, Aashi found a love for trap and its darker sub-genres before Mac Miller became the final piece in Aashi’s aural puzzle that lead to releases such as She Hates Geminis.

It’s rare to find an artist whose authenticity is just as noteworthy as their talent; if anyone has what it takes to become the next trap icon, our money is on PaPa Aashi.

She Hates Geminis is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mani Knox delivers high vibe ennui in his standout single, ‘F.M.L’

NYC born and raised alt-hip hop pioneer, Mani Knox, has dropped his sonically high-vibe EP, Demons Dilemma, featuring the standout single, F.M.L; if you are going to curse existence to any track, make it this one.

Since his 2019 debut album, Love is War, Knox has been a mental health advocate through his music. Not in the superficial, good vibes only, way more in the I’ve seen the dark and, now I’m going to show you the light way, that you can’t help getting absorbed by.

F.M.L reels you in lyrical hook, bassline and sinker. His productions are just as massive and robust as you will find from artists such as Labrinth, The Weeknd, and Tinie Tempah but it’s the intimacy of the single that uses a female protagonist to allude to the depths ennui can take you to that wins you over with F.M.L.

F.M.L is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Shorty What You Needs: Cuse speeds up the party with the smoked up ‘DWP’

With his highly-anticipated second album on the way in late November, Cuse shoots the three point basket on his latest go-with-the-fresh-vibes new single all about letting everyone know that you are always ready to bring the night alive with ‘DWP‘.

Cuse is an indie trap/RnB artist from Missouri who is a massive Syracuse Orangemen college basketball supporter.

This is a single from my second studio album “Senior” which drops this November 30th.” ~ Cuse

With a message all about feeling that he is in that rare zone right now and is on a mission to that consistent paper which will take him to unheard of heights – this is a bounce-packed display of devastating dribbles from a highly self-assured artist – who is only looking for that Championship ring.

DWP‘ from the youthful Missouri indie trap/RnB artist Cuse, is a Ferrari-filled story all about showing that you are feeling fresh and ready for whatever the world brings. He sounds in top form and looks ahead for the next step, as he shows us where the real party is at. With a smooth flow and intuitive lyrics mixed with a new school beat that gets the crowd in the mood to get loose, this is a track that will only result in the engines being revved up and get the night peaked to the max.

See this new music video on YouTube and check out more on his IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Glitch Hop Meets Cloud Rap in Trukadi’s Latest Single, Pick and Choose

After his 2019 debut, the Californian alt-pop artist, Trukadi, hasn’t failed to make an impression with his antagonistic lyrics and experimental beats. His latest single, Pick and Choose, is a distortedly electrifying 1:43 minute hit of glitchy cloud rap with hints of Midwest Emo.

The explicit track carries the indie melodicism of a Post Malone single, but Trukadi made sure Pick and Choose hits like no other with instantly magnetic vocals and lo-fi guitars that bring plenty of warmth to the distinct production that marries glitch hop and emo. Love him or hate him, there will be no indifference when it comes to Trukadi’s sound, and there are few greater testaments of talent than that.

Pick and Choose is now available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dj. K-Phi made Medusa his muse in his latest single featuring Waxtheproducer & Rocky Sandoval

Medusa has been the muse of countless creatives, but few have paid ode to her powerful mystique as aptly as Dj. K-Phil did with his latest RnB single, created in collaboration with Waxtheproducer & Rocky Sandoval.

The single is a soulfully-lavish mash of RnB, trap and moody alt-pop that goes further than keeping in line with contemporary trends. The old school sense of unbridled passion is perceptible in the lyrics and vocals; what sets the release leagues apart from the rest is the resonant sense of despondency and realism when it comes to modern affection. It is impossible not to get hooked on K-Phil’s sound; he could easily reach the same heights as Yungblud and Lil Nas X with their fusing of alt and urban textures. Save a spot on your radar.

Check out Medusa for yourselves by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mobbin101 takes us back to the roots of hip hop with Pumpfake, featuring Shill Macc,

Mobbin101 went right back to the roots of soulful hip hop with his latest single, Pumpfake, featuring Shill Macc. The track eclipses the New York urban sound while allowing the up and coming artist to stamp down his signature style in the rich and resonant tones.

Diss tracks are hardly few and far between in hip hop but the scathing, witty lyricism paired with Mobbin101’s convictive anger make you feel every ounce of emotion poured into this volatile and confrontational track that hits like no other.

Pumpfake was released on August 5th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

New York’s hip hop scene got hotter with Blvff’s latest single, Sun Showers

Since making his debut in 2018, Blvff has continued to swathe the airwaves with hip hop tracks that refuse to fall in line with the rest; his playful candour proves that the only thing he takes seriously is the quality of his charismatic tracks.

His latest single, Sun Showers, is a vibrantly experimental mash of EDM, hip hop and Afro-Beat; high vibe hip hop doesn’t get much higher than the short and sweet tropic track. Hit play, and you will find that there is still plenty of room on New York’s hip hop map for the artist, engineer and producer.

Sun Showers is now available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

DC Millionz regrets the ‘XO’s in his seminal trap track

Up and coming hip hop artist, DC Millionz, proved that he’s seamlessly in line with the contemporary trap trends with the release of his debut EP, Dc’s World, which follows on from his 2021 debut single, be safe.

The standout single from his EP, XO, is the perfect introduction to his raw lyricism, enigmatic personality and angst-stripping melodies. It is easily one of the most realistic love songs to hit the airwaves in 2021 for the way it encompasses ghosting and the regret that hits us after connecting with the wrong people only to find ourselves even more alone.

The philosophical proposition that the romantics ruined everything by implanting unattainable ideals rings especially true in XO. It proves that not all scepticism is cynicism; sometimes, it is just common sense to take a dim view of what romance puts in front of us.

XO is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Lyrical hip hop luminary, Griegz, battles demons in his latest single, My Own Enemy, featuring Aria and Nyukyung.

While plenty of artists rushed to drop their lockdown-inspired tracks in 2020, the lyrical hip hop luminary, Griegz, meditated on the causality between isolation and anxiety to create a cutting track that sympathetically validates any lingering feelings of fear and frustration.

If you needed any affirmation that you weren’t alone in the world as you questioned your sanity, you will find it in My Own Enemy featuring Aria & Nyukyung. The concepts explored in My Own Enemy couldn’t be darker, but optimism still shines through this contemporary indie hip hop release that will be a hit with any fans of Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Mac Miller and J Cole.

My Own Enemy is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast